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2016-2017 NFL Divisional Round Playoff Predictions

The road to Super Bowl LI continues this weekend as the divisional round the NFL Playoffs begin. We will see teams such as the Houston Texans that will try to pull off the upset of year if they can beat the New England Patriots in front of a hostile crowd at Gillette Stadium. On the NFC side of the playoffs, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys go up against the most dangerous player in the postseason right now, in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Texans vs Patriots: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tomorrow night will be the Houston Texans second consecutive time that they will face the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs. The final score in the 2012 playoff matchup was a 41-28 beatdown of the Houston Texans.

The 2012 Texans football team that lost to the Patriots in the playoffs is similar to this year’s version of the Texans in so many ways, but the only difference is that Jadeveon Clowney was not on the Texans roster at the time. Clowney and the rest of the Texans defense are the only way that they can have a shot at knocking off Brady and the Patriots.

But I do not believe it will happen tomorrow night. The Texans are a top quarterback away from becoming a Super Bowl contender in the AFC.

Patriots over Texans


Seahawks vs Falcons: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Another rematch from the 2012 divisional round of the playoffs is the Seattle Seahawks traveling to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons won the 2012 contest against the Seahawks 30-28.

The following the year, Seattle begin their run as a premier force in the NFL as they won their first Super Bowl Title followed by another appearance in the big game in 2014. The Falcons could be starting their run as a Super Bowl contender with a win against the Seahawks tomorrow afternoon.

In this contest, you can expect Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to attack the Seahawks secondary relentlessly in this ball game. The Legion of Boom is not as dangerous as it used to be in previous seasons especially without the presence of safety Earl Thomas in the lineup. Expect the Falcons to pull out a close victory over the Seahawks in this matchup.

Falcons over Seahawks


Steelers vs Chiefs: Sunday, January 15, 2017

The last time the Chiefs defense faced Ben Roethlisberger, he threw five touchdown passes which resulted in a 43-14 beatdown on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs will have an opportunity to redeem themselves this Sunday against the Steelers, but this time the game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium.

They will have the advantage of having one of the most hostile environment’s in the NFL at their disposal when they face the Steelers this Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs may have the home field advantage, but I do not believe that they have enough firepower on offense to keep pace with “The Killer B’s” this Sunday.

Steelers over Chiefs


Packers vs Cowboys: Sunday, January 15, 2017

Last but not least we have the most anticipated game of the divisional round of the playoffs between the Green Bay and the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys come into this matchup with the best rushing attacks in the National Football League today led by tailback Ezekiel Elliot. Stopping the Cowboys ground game will be the Packers number one priority on defense. My prediction for this game is that Elliot will have a solid outing against the Packers rush defense, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have the last laugh in this football matchup.

Packers over Cowboys


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Derrick Branch is the founder and lead writer of Tops Sports.Com. He is a die-hard sports fan and keeps it 100 on all things that involve the NFL, NBA, NCAA Football.
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